In an ironic twist, Prohibition’s ban on alcohol in the 1920s helped spark the emergence of the modern-day nightclub. Bars were forced underground, and their guest lists necessarily became more restricted. Even when these clubs could safely reemerge from hiding, many continued to reap the benefits of exclusivity and pricey cover charges. The most exaggerated examples can be found in New York, where long lines and unsympathetic bouncers are still the rule. But if you consider the number of global dance movements shaped in the city’s late-night scene—from disco to electronica—you might agree that the party is more than worth the wait.